The second international rugby test between Australia and Ireland takes place in Melbourne on Saturday and the Wallabies are 1-0 up with two to play
Australia v Ireland, Saturday 16th July, Melbourne, KO 12:00 (South African time)
Referee: Paul Williams (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Pascal Gaüzère (France), Marius van der Westhuizen (South Africa)
TMO: Ben Skeen (New Zealand)
The Wallabies scored the only 2 tries of last week’s clash in Brisbane which they won 18-9. The outcome of the game hung in the balance until a late Pocock try gave Australia the breathing space they needed. Foley had scored the first try of the game towards the end of the first half to give his side an 8-6 lead at half time.
The betting for the first test was pretty much “choice” as far as the match result was concerned and those who punters who went low on total match points were comfortable throughout the game.
The 2 recent tests staged at AAMI Park saw Australia beat Fiji 37-14 in 2017 and a year earlier England won here 23-7.
Ireland were on a 12 match winning streak heading into last week’s game, they had plenty of territory in Brisbane but all their points came from penalties as they battled to find a way through the Wallabies defence.
The current Six Nations champions remain without a win against the Wallabies on Australian soil since 1979 and they now face the prospect of needing victory here in order to take the series to the third and final match in Sydney next week.
The last time Ireland lost back to back matches came on their 2016 tour of South Africa, a series they lost 2-1 despite winning the opener.
Australia: 15 Israel Folau, 14 Dane Haylett-Petty, 13 Samu Kerevi, 12 Kurtley Beale, 11 Marika Koroibete, 10 Bernard Foley, 9 Will Genia, 8 Caleb Timu, 7 Michael Hooper (c) 6 David Pocock, 5 Adam Coleman, 4 Izack Rodda, 3 Sekope Kepu, 2 Brandon Paenga-Amosa, 1 Scott Sio
Replacements: 16 Tolu Latu, 17 Tom Robertson, 18 Taniela Tupou, 19 Rob Simmons, 20 Lukhan Tui, 21 Pete Samu, 22 Nick Phipps 23 Reece Hodge
Ireland: 15 Rob Kearney, 14 Andrew Conway, 13 Garry Ringrose, 12 Robbie Henshaw, 11 Keith Earls, 10 Johnny Sexton, 9 Connor Murray, 8 CJ Stander, 7 Dan Leavy, 6 Peter O’Mahony (c), 5 James Ryan, 4 Devin Toner, 3 Tadhg Furlong, 2 Niall Scannell, 1 Cian Healy
Replacements: 16 Rob Herring, 17 Jack McGrath, 18 Andrew Porter, 19 Tadhg Beirne, 20 Jordi Murphy, 21 John Cooney, 22 Joey Carbery, 23 Jordan Larmour
Most Recent Head to Head (any venue)
2018 Brisbane Australia 18–9 Ireland (Tries 2-0 )
2016 Dublin Ireland 27-24 Australia (Tries 3-3 )
2014 Dublin Ireland 26-23 Australia (Tries 2-3 )
2013 Dublin Ireland 15-32 Australia (Tries 0-4 )
2011 RWC Auckland Ireland 15–6 Australia (Tries 0-0 )
2010 Brisbane Australia 22–15 Ireland (Tries 2-0 )
2009 Dublin Ireland 20-20 Australia (Tries 2-2 )
Note, odds quoted are an average of what was available at the time of last update but are subject to change.
This looks likely to be a close call once again with Ireland battling to save the series. I fancied the Wallabies last week and whilst I’m not overly confident, I will go with a home win again. Additional interest comes in the shape of the half time / full time market where the price for Ireland / Australia caught the eye.
Bets: 3 units, Australia win at 17/20
1 unit HT/ FT Ireland / Australia at 13/2
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